The Township changed its name to Selwyn Township in 2013 to amalgamate three townships; Ennismore, Lakefield and Smith. This township, therefore offers many things to do, eat and see in a variety of beautiful environments.
Need to work off that treat? Take a 5 minute walk to downtown Lakefield which offers a variety of locally owned shops and restaurants. Enjoy a coffee at the Nuttshell Next Door, or a Craft Beer and Live Music by Lock 26 at the Canoe & Paddle. Then wander through the historic town, where you can still catch a glimpse of Lakefield’s literary past. At both Margaret Laurence’s home, and at the nearby Christ Church Community Museum, you can find historical artifacts and pictorial displays detailing the lives of the town’s famous authors. The downtown area also offers quaint shops to find a unique item to bring home with you, such as Stuff, Trinkets & Treasures and Tragically Hipp Fashion Gallery.
All that walking got you ready for a swim? Head on down to the Lakefield Beach and Playground. This beach is on the south side of Lake Katchewanooka and offers a weedless and great hangout area for the family. The beach offers an area for kids to play in the sand, to take a dip or have a family picnic in the park.
Had too much fun and want to stay an extra day? The Village Inn located downtown Lakefield and the Lakefield Park & Campground offer unique rest stops for the adventurous to get some sleep. Rather a charming B&B with Scottish hospitality, the B&B Wee Butt’N’Ben is for you. As the Scottish say “Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk” (Good things come in small packages).
Want to continue your exploration in the Selwyn Township? Young’s Point offers a unique experience at the home of Trent-Severn Waterway’s Lock 27. It is a key destination for cottagers and visitors in search of unique shopping at Lockside Trading Company, great restaurants such as Old Mill Restaurant and picturesque marinas. It also offers great fishing, swimming and an area to stop off and have a picnic.
On the East side of Selwyn Township lays Brigenorth and Ennismore. These hamlets are separated by a long Causeway situated on beautiful Chemong Lake.
The Hamlet of Bridgenorth is a small residential community amid a largely rural landscape and cottage country. Bridgenorth offers a centralized destination for shopping and services, and meets the daily needs of residents and tourists. Enjoy a tour of this beautiful landscape on the Bridgenorth trail, or learn to relax at The Healing Stone Wellness Studio. After a full day satisfy your appetite with a traditional country dinner at Chemong Lodge, including pasta, steak and seafood options.
Ennismore offers a historically picturesque area with a general store, post office, chip truck and community church. Ennismore is centered in a mainly rural area; the downtown community centre which includes an ice rink, baseball diamonds and soccer fields provides a focal point for community recreation and special events. Visitors can take pleasure in throwing a line in or taking a dip at the Waterfront Park and Beach, then enjoy a scrumptious dinner at Jesse’s Tap and Grill. Ennismore also offers visitors a charming experience for High Tea at Stillwater on the Lake.
This first nation community offers individuals a great learning experience regarding the Curve Lake First Nations and our ancestors. This community offers visitors an experience to visit with local artists and crafts people at the Whetung’s Art Gallery and Craft Shop to Rosey’s Trading Post and a shoreline dinner with a local fishing guide. Visitors can also enjoy the Cultural Centre which offers various collections and exhibits to share this unique culture.
On your way out of Curve Lake back to Peterborough enjoy another unique experience of picking your own fruit and vegetables. McLean’s Berry Farm offers a fun family experience where you can pick and enjoy the nutricious, delicious locally grown produce. Have you ever shopped in a barn? Craftworks at the Barn is a great place for antiques and unique home furniture and decor and a range of locally owned products. This includes Empire Cheese, Maple Syrup, Mennonite fruit and meat pies, and Kawartha Dairy products.